San José – Terminal 7-10


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The new bus Terminal 7-10 in San José is now the hub for six different companies: Transportes Jacó, Transportes Cóbano, Empresa Alfaro, Transportes Arsa, Transportes Venecia de San Carlos, and Transportes Unidos. This mega station is now three stories and is almost like a shopping mall. Anything you could ever need can be found inside. Tickets are sold on the second and third floor.

 

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If you are still planning some of the details for your upcoming trip, I am told this Trip Planner is quite useful to help you prioritize where you want to spend your time! So much to do and see in this beautiful country.

 

San Jose to Jacó

Service with Transportes Jacó. Cost is 2395₡ and takes about 3hrs. For extra info, have a read through this great Blog post by the Costa Rica travel experts: Taking the bus from San José to Playa Jaco. But, have a look at the updated schedule in the photos below on this page.

 

San José to Cobanó, Santa Teresa/Mal Pais, Montezuma

Service with Transportes Cobanó. Bus leaves twice per day to Santa Teresa/Mal Pais, Montezuma, Cobanó. The cost is 7020₡ and includes ferry and takes about 5.5hrs. See photo of Schedule.

 

San José to Samara, Nosara, Nicoya

Service with Empresa Alfaro: Samara, Nosara, Nicoya, Santa Cruz. See photo of Schedule below. To Samara it’s about 5.5hrs and costs 4265₡ and to Nosara it’s about 6hrs and costs 4585₡ (prices May 2017)

 

San José to Tamarindo

Service by Empresa Alfaro has buses from San José to Tamarindo at 11:30am and 3:30pm.

From Tamarindo to San José buses leave at 3:30am (via Liberia) and 5:30am (via Puente la Amistad) and on Sundays there is an extra bus at 1pm (via Liberia).

This bus costs 5375₡ as of May 2017 and takes about 6hrs. The bus via Puente la Amistad is about 1/2 hr faster. Have a look at the Tamarindo page to see where you end up.

There is also bus service to Tamarindo from another company. Have a look at the Terminal Tralapa page for this information.

 

San José to La Fortuna

Service with Venicia de San Carlos to La Fortuna. The price is 2495₡ and takes about 4hrs. 5am, 6:15am, 8:40am, 11:50am See photos of schedule and prices below.

From La Fortuna to San José: 9:10am, 12:45pm, 2:45pm, 4:10pm

 

San José to Monteverde

Service with Transportes Monteverde  has buses twice per day at 6:30am and 2:30pm, both ways. The price is 2810₡.   The trip takes about 4.5hrs. See photo of schedule below and have a look at the Monteverde/Santa Elena to see where you end up.

 

Want to go from Monteverde to Arenal? This may be the coolest way to go, check it out: Monteverde to Arenal – by horseback!

 

Not your station?

If you are travelling to Liberia you need the Pulmitan Station. If you are looking for Quepos, Dominical, Uvita, Paso Canoas or David (Panama) you need the Tracopa Station.

 

Empresarios Unidos with service to Puntarenas is listed as a company that operates within this station however it appears they are still at Calle 16 and avenida 12 which is about 10 blocks south.

The trip between Puntarenas to San José costs 2585₡ as of May 2017 and takes about 3hrs.

 

Headed to Nicaragua? You have a few options. There is the bus to the border from the Gran Terminal del Caribe or you can use Tica Bus, Transnica, Nicabus, or Central Line.

 

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Shedule for Jacó
Photo taken May 2017

Schedule for Monteverde
Photo taken 2016

Cóbano, Montezuma, Santa Teresa, Mal Pais

Photo taken May 2017

Empresa Alfaro - service to Nicoya, Nosara, Samara.

Confirmed correct May 2017

Empresa Alfaro contact information

Schedule for La Fortuna

Photo taken May 2017

Full Schedule for Venicia de San Carlos

Photo taken 2016

Contact info for Venicia de San Carlos

Photo taken 2016

Company: Venicia de San Carlos

Confirmed correct May 2017

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35 travel tips for San José – Terminal 7-10 - share your tips below!

  1. Bryan

    Man, this site is so helpful, thanks very much for all of this information. I’m planning on taking the Alfaro bus from 7-10 to Nosara on Tuesday morning, and I see that you’ve mentioned that surfboards are ok on this bus, but just wanted to ask – does that generally include longer boards? Mine is 7’6″. Thanks again!

    • centrocoasting

      HI Bryan! Sorry for the slow reply. I am assuming you have already made the trip. Let us know if there were any issues with the board so we no for future travellers. I am not sure if they have a length limit or not. I’ve always travelled with 5’10 or less! Thanks for the nice words about the site 🙂

  2. Heather

    We are arriving at the San Jose airport at 1:30p and are planning to go to La Fortuna. Is this too late to get a bus to La Fortuna?

    • centrocoasting

      Hi Heather, you will be too late for buses from San Jose to La Fortuna but there should still be a bus going that way from a terminal near the airport – Terminal Del Norte (aka Terminal de la Radial). You can go from Alajuela to Ciudad Quesada and from there you can get a bus to La Fortuna. There should be a bus at 4pm. I have not done this route but it is one that travellers tell me about often. You can take a bus here in Alajuela. It is not necessary to go to San Jose. You’re best to confirm this with a taxi drive who will take you to the bus terminal.

  3. Dorothy Caserta

    Hi! Do they accept debit / credit cards?

    • centrocoasting

      Not 100% sure but I think so. At least some might. There are ATMs near if not.

  4. Josh

    I have heard there is a bus from San Jose to Samara at either 5 or 630. Is this true?

  5. Robert and Jean Auerbach

    im traveling from Paso Canoas C.R. by bus and I want to end up close to the airport near San Antonio, C.R. what is the best route, or bus to take

    • centrocoasting

      Hey there. Did you mean San Jose? (not San Antonio). If so you are likely going to be on a Tracopa Bus if you are coming from the border since Tracopa offers buses all the way from the Border to the Capital city. Unfortunately these buses do not pass the airport on their way and you will need to take a taxi from the Tracopa Station to get there once you arrive. Alternately, you can ask the driver to drop you as close to the Airport as possible and then take a taxi from there. https://centrocoasting.com/costarica/san-jose-tracopa-terminal/

  6. Josefina

    Hola quería saber si puedo comprar con antelación el viaje desde San Jose a la Fortuna para el 12 de mayo . Debemos viajar a partir de las 17:30 por lo que debemos Ir a Ciudad Quesada y tomar otro bus a Fortuna tengo entendido ya que no hay bus directo en ese horario. Podrían asesorarme ? Gracias

    • centrocoasting

      Hola, lamentablemente no puedes pre-comprar boletos para La Fortuna. Recomiendo llamar a la oficina si necesita información específica para una fecha específica. El número de teléfono está en la foto de arriba.

  7. Andrea

    I need go buy a ticket san jose-samara, but samara is not listed in the selection. Is there an other possibility to buy a ticket?

    • centrocoasting

      Hi Andrea, you can’t buy tickets for samara in advance.

  8. Esther

    Hello!
    I am going to Sámara for New Year’s and was wondering if anyone knows how far in advance I can buy a bus ticket? I’m afraid of them selling out.
    Thank you,
    Esther

    • centrocoasting

      Hi Esther, I think it is a good chance you can buy the ticket a week early. Best call them to be sure if you are worried. 2222-2666 is the number Alfaro has displayed (see image above).

  9. Maria

    Also wanted to note that since there are so many companies selling tickets there, I made a list of which company is on which floor. Go to the 2nd floor for Transportes Arsa, Transmonteverde and Transportes Jaco. On the 3rd floor you’ll find Empresa Alfaro, Transportes Cobano and Transportes San Jose Venecia.

    • centrocoasting

      Thank you!!

  10. Maria

    We traveled from San Jose at Terminal 7-10 to Samara in October 2017 for a rate of 4470 per person. We purchased the ticket the day before, so for those of you looking to do that, it is possible. Wanted to let others know that it looks like the noon bus is the only one to Samara but they told me there’s a 5pm also. It took 6 hrs with only one bathroom break pretty early on so keep that in mind if you’re like me 🙂 Our final destination was Estrada and we found out the bus goes on to there from Samara.

    • centrocoasting

      Thank you!!

  11. Jordan

    I live in Huacas. What is the best way to get to DT San Jose?

    • centrocoasting

      Hi Jordan, both the Alfaro (7-10 Terminal) and Tralapa buses take you to downtown San Jose. I believe they both pass Huacas though I have not taken the bus from there yet. They leave from Tamarindo so perhaps you could give them a call to find out if they have any specific directions for getting the bus in Huacas https://centrocoasting.com/costarica/tamarindo/. Have a great trip!

  12. Gret

    Bus from Jacó to Chepe will pass the Airport? Are you sure?

  13. Mel

    I am trying to buy a bus ticket from Jaco to the San Jose Airport online, but I do not know what to put as my “Destination”. There is no option for “airport” so do you know what the actual stop name is called? Thank you!

    • centrocoasting

      Hi Mel, we aren’t connected to the transportation companies in any way so all I can do is offer my best advice here. The Jacó bus will pass in front of the airport on its way from Jacó to San José. If they don’t give you an ‘airport’ option for drop-off, I suspect you just choose all the way to San José and then when you leave Jacó you let the driver know you are getting off at the airport so he puts your bag in the airport destination compartment below. If you are in Jacó, I would suggest just going to the ticket window the day before (across from the Best Western) and buy one – if you really want to purchase in advance.

  14. Mark

    We need to get to La Cruz Guanacoste from either Alajuela or San Jose on Friday May 19th. Any help is appreciated.

  15. Victoria

    I want to take a bus from here to The doubletree resort in Puntarenas. Which bus would that be? Do you know?

    • centrocoasting

      From this station, the 7-10, you can take the bus heading to Santa Teresa/Montezuma at 6am or 2pm with Transportes Cobano and get off the bus in Puntarenas when it stops there. From there you can take a taxi to your hotel. You have to pay the full price of the ticket even if you are only going to Puntarenas. Have a look here to see the Puntarenas Station https://centrocoasting.com/costarica/puntarenas/. Have a great trip!

  16. Patience Lilje

    How can I get to the 7/10 from the airport (without paying $30 for a taxi?) There must be busses? 🙂

    • centrocoasting

      Hi! Yes you can take a local bus from near the 7-10 station to the airport. I am sorry that I don’t have specific information about local buses in the city. I have only taken the bus to the airport from a place a few blocks away. My best advice is to ask at the 7-10 station. They will be able to show you exactly where to stand. BUT, so you know, there is some major construction taking place on a bridge on the main route on the highway and it is causing significant delays. Have a look at this article http://amcostaricaarchives.com/2017/01/trip-to-the-alajuela-airport-now-can-be-called-ordeal-by-bus/. It is expensive to take a taxi, but right now, it may be a better option. I would try to find someone to share a taxi with. If you have a flight to catch then be sure to plan ahead and leave a few hours earlier to be safe. I would recommend sleeping at a hotel/hostel near the Airport the night before. I recommend a place called Maleku if you are looking for something inexpensive. http://www.malekuhostel.com/ Best of luck and if you do try the bus, I would love if you could follow up here and let everyone know how long it took. I am not in the city right now so I can’t try it myself.

  17. Melvin

    In the lower level of the station there are no convenient places to set while waiting for a bus. Believe it or not, some people are not interested in shopping but are tired travelers who need to be as comfortable as possible while waiting for their bus.

  18. David

    Ah man thanks for this. very helpful. dave.

    • Sarah Dowell

      ¿Porqué quitaron los asientos cerca de las filas para pasar a los buses? Mis eposo y yo somos bastante mayores y no había donde sentarnos para esperar que nos permitieran montar al bus nuestro. Una terminal debe ser un lugar de SERVICIO y al no tener ni bancos donde sentarse es una falta grande. Por favor, ayudar al viajero cansado y los padres con niños pequeños que necesitan donde descansar mientras esperan sus buses.

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